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Tracing Ebola’s Breakout
to an African 2-Year-Old

New York Times, by Denise Grady and Sheri Fink

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 8/10/2014 3:49:58 PM

Patient Zero in the Ebola outbreak, researchers suspect, was a 2-year-old boy who died on Dec. 6, just a few days after falling ill in a village in Guéckédou, in southeastern Guinea. Bordering Sierra Leone and Liberia, Guéckédou is at the intersection of three nations, where the disease found an easy entry point to the region. A week later, it killed the boy’s mother, then his 3-year-old sister, then his grandmother. All had fever, vomiting and diarrhea, but no one knew what had sickened them. Two mourners at the grandmother’s funeral took the virus home to their village. A health

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[with Sabrina Tavernise, Catherine Saint Louis, Clair MacDougall, and Elena Schneider]
Long article but very interesting. How the 2-year-old acquired the virus will never be known.

      


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How a 2-yr old came down with the virus? A zoonotic pathogen, possibly coming from a fruit bat. This is a good article that provides some background information about the challenge that we face in west Africa with Ebola.

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